Gunmen kill 36 in attacks in northern Nigeria

Armed bandits kill people, burn down houses in villages of Kaduna and Katsina states. Gunmen killed 36 people in two attacks in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, a day after fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades amid worsening security in Africa’s most populous nation, officials and residents said. The series of attacks by armed bandits occurred over the […]

Nigeria: Kidnappers free 53 people seized on bus

Women, children among those released, but dozens of others taken in a separate incident are still missing. Kidnappers have released 53 people, including women and children, they seized on a bus in Nigeria while dozens of others taken from a school in a separate attack are still missing. Criminal gangs in northwestern and central Nigeria […]

Nigerian military aircraft crashes on approach to Abuja airport

BREAKING Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika says King Air 350 ‘crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna’. A Nigerian military aircraft has crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway due to engine failure. Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said on his Twitter account on Sunday “a military aircraft King Air 350 […]

Negotiations under way in Nigeria to free abducted children

Officials are believed to have made contact with kidnappers through community leaders. Negotiations are under way between Nigerian officials and the armed gang that kidnapped 42 people, including 27 children from a boarding school in the Kagara district of Niger state, on Wednesday. Heavily armed men in military uniforms raided the Government Science College in […]

‘On their heels’: Nigerian forces say kidnappers being tracked

Kidnappers abducted 42 people, including 27 students, three teachers and relatives of school staff. Nigerian security forces are tracking the armed gang that kidnapped more than 40 people from a school on Wednesday after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a rescue operation. The abduction in Kagara in central Niger State on Wednesday was the latest mass […]

Nigerian students abducted by ‘armed bandits’: Reports

An unspecified number of children were reportedly abducted at dawn by armed men from a secondary school in Niger state. Abuja, Nigeria – Armed men have kidnapped an as-yet unconfirmed number of children from a secondary school in central Nigeria’s Niger state, according to local media and officials. Ibrahim Matane, Niger State government secretary, told […]

Nigeria: President Buhari names new anti-corruption chief

Appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa comes after his predecessor was dismissed over allegations of fraud. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, after his predecessor was dismissed over allegations of fraud including misuse of seized assets. The presidency named Abdulrasheed Bawa as the chairman of the Economic and Financial […]

Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman, African to lead WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala formerly served as Nigeria’s finance minister and spent 25 years at the World Bank, where she rose to the number-two position of managing director. Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed Monday to head the leading international trade body as it seeks to resolve disagreements over how it decides cases involving billions in sales and […]

Hajiya Gambo Sawaba: ‘The most jailed Nigerian female politician’

Stories from the life of Hajiya Gambo Sawaba, one of northern Nigeria’s most important female political activists, who was born on this day in 1933, have become the stuff of folklore. According to one, her fighting spirit was evident when, as a young girl growing up in northern Nigeria in the 1930s and 40s, she […]

15 sailors kidnapped off Nigeria return to Turkey

Survivors recount stories about death threats they endured during their captivity in a forest. Fifteen Turkish sailors kidnapped by pirates last month in the Gulf of Guinea have returned to Turkey and described the death threats they faced during their three-week ordeal. The sailors embraced their families on Sunday after disembarking at Istanbul Airport, where […]

Nigerian police beat, arrest protesters at site of Lekki shooting

Activists called for protests after reopening of Lekki toll gate where security forces shot at demonstrators in October. Nigerian police beat and arrested demonstrators on Saturday as a small group protested over the reopening of the site where activists denouncing police brutality were shot last year in the commercial capital, Lagos. Rights group Amnesty International […]

SARS is no more, but Nigerians say police abuse still here

Lagos, Nigeria – Ahmed* and three of his friends were returning from a colleague’s birthday celebration at midnight on February 5 when their car was stopped by four police officers at Ketu bus stop in Lagos. What initially seemed like a routine check quickly took a turn for the worse. “I parked the car and […]

Turkish sailors freed after weeks in pirate captivity

Turkish sailors freed after weeks in pirate captivity

  According to the Reports Fifteen men kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea are undergoing health checks, Turkish media reports. Fifteen Turkish crew members of a cargo ship who were kidnapped by pirates last month in the Gulf of Guinea have been freed, Turkish media reported on Friday. Private NTV television said the […]

UK top court allows Nigerian farmers to sue Shell over oil spills

Thousands of Nigerian farmers and fisherman can sue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts, UK’s Supreme Court rules. The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has ruled that a group of 42,500 Nigerian farmers and fishermen can sue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts after years of oil spills in the Niger Delta contaminated land and groundwater […]

Nigeria gov’t warns against protest at Lagos shooting site

Minister warns Saturday protest at site where peaceful demonstrators were shot at in October could be ‘hijacked by hoodlums’ and descend into violence. The Nigerian government has warned against planned protests to demand justice for victims of a shooting during peaceful demonstrations in Lagos last year demanding the dissolution of a notorious police unit long […]

Inside Nigeria’s illegal backstreet abortion clinics

It was shortly before noon on Friday, September 2, 2016. As an unrelenting downpour fell on D-line, an urban residential area of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Ann* sought shelter in a nearby church, while her boyfriend paid the cab driver. Then they entered a nondescript, unfinished one-storey building. Ann was 17 and […]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poised to become first woman to lead WTO

The incoming chief of the World Trade Organization has a reputation for shaking up the guardians of wealth and power that will come in handy in her new role. During Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s effort to root out corruption during her first stint as Nigeria’s finance minister, opponents of her plans nicknamed her “Okonjo Wahala” — “Okonjo […]

Gunmen raid villages in northwest Nigeria, killing 19

At least 19 people killed when armed men raided two villages in Kaduna state, the government said. At least 19 people were killed when armed men raided two villages in northwest Nigeria’s Kaduna state, the government said. Late on Saturday, bandits riding on motorcycles killed 14 people and injured others when they invaded Kutemeshi where […]

Judge issues arrest warrant for ExxonMobil Nigeria chief

The EFCC says it issued a warrant for the managing director of ExxonMobil Nigeria after he rebuffed three invitations to appear before investigators. A federal court in Abuja has signed off on a warrant to arrest the head of oil major ExxonMobil in Nigeria to compel him to appear before anti-graft investigators, a statement for the Economic […]

African radicals must realise the importance of pan-Africanism

2020 was a significant year for Africa in many respects. It was not only the year when social norms were drastically altered, but it also marked the resurgence of African radicalism. The COVID-19 pandemic both amplified the extreme corruption that had long taken place on the continent, and forced marginalised communities to mobilise against such injustices […]

Nigerian farmers hail Shell ruling, but future remains uncertain

Lagos, Nigeria – It has taken 13 years for Fidelis Oguru to get the victory that he and a group of other farmers in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region so badly wanted. On Friday, the Court of Appeal in The Hague ruled that Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), was […]

Dutch court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers over oil spills

Court of Appeal in The Hague on Friday rules the British-Dutch company must payout over a 2008 case. A Dutch court has ordered Shell to pay compensation over oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger Delta in a ruling which could pave the way for more cases against the multinational oil firm. The Court of Appeal in […]

Amnesty accuses Nigeria of covering up killing of protesters

Rights group says authorities have failed to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for protests crackdown in October. Amnesty International accused the Nigerian government on Thursday of attempting to cover up the killing of a dozen citizens during peaceful protests in Lagos last October. Youth-led demonstrations in Nigeria began against police abuse, quickly […]